Margaret Raymond-Flood, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Nicholas A. Duston, an Associate of the firm, presented "ESI: Where Technology Meets the Law" on October 17 at the Mercer County Bar Association’s 2019 Xtreme CLE.
“The impact of the federal and state court rules presents certain obligations on attorneys and corporate clients regarding ESI which impact litigation strategy. Those obligations should also be an important consideration for companies when considering corporate protocols and policies related to electronic information,” said Raymond-Flood.
Duston added, “It is important for those of us who are knowledgeable and experienced in these matters to share this information. The identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic documents used to be relegated to large, multi-million-dollar litigations involving massive amounts of data. More recently, ESI has become a fact of life for all litigations, big and small, and attorneys in all practice areas should consider a working knowledge of ESI critical to their practice.”
The full-day event offered multiple discussion topics, including real estate, attorney discipline, business valuations, commercial loans, civil arbitration, municipal law, workers’ compensation, estate administration, family law, and more. For more information, visit mercerbar.com.
Raymond-Flood devotes her practice to general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial matters. She appears in the federal and state courts of New Jersey as well as the federal courts of other jurisdictions, and is experienced in defending environmental, products liability, professional liability, and complex commercial litigation.
Raymond-Flood is chair of the firm’s Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (“REDI”) Group, an interdisciplinary team that helps clients with the identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of massive amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) required by federal and state court rules.
Raymond-Flood earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1991 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University in 1988.
Duston focuses on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other arbitration organizations. His practice is focused primarily on disputes involving business owners, their managers, and their employees.
Duston is experienced in litigating fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and regularly handles cases with related issues such as employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, or breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at unwinding complex fact patterns such as those arising from complicated financial instruments, complex multi-entity business structures, or large amounts of ESI.
Duston earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2010 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2007.
To assist clients with the complex and rapidly evolving area of ESI, Norris McLaughlin gathered an interdisciplinary team composed of trial lawyers, corporate and securities lawyers, intellectual property lawyers, labor and employment lawyers, and technology specialists to form the Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (REDI) Group. REDI builds off the firm’s strong foundation of handling complex litigation involving ESI, offers clients comprehensive programs through on-going counseling, and assists companies in a broad range of needs from prevention to defense. REDI provides counsel to address the proliferation of information technology that has made it difficult for a company to know what information is within its control, and how to manage that information to reduce litigation risk and comply with relevant laws.